Each week, I issue birthday and anniversary letters to citizens, celebrating the milestones they’ve reached in their lives or their organizations. Last week was incredibly special in that I was afforded and opportunity to recognize a long-time anchor in the community.
For 75 years, Jacksonville has served as homeport for numerous ships and commands of the United States Navy. We’re proud of our contributions to our national security. Since 1942, Naval Station Mayport has been a significant part of the Jacksonville community. Today, the base covers over 3,000 acres, making it the third largest naval facility in the continental United States.
To recognize the installation’s many contributions to our region, I issued a proclamation celebrating NS Mayport’s 75th anniversary.
On Dec. 7, I had the opportunity to join base leadership and a group of Jacksonville veterans – many of whom served at NS Mayport – for a breakfast at the Chief Petty Officers Club on base. It was humbling to be in the presence of so many individuals who’ve given so much to our nation.
See photos from the breakfast at NS Mayport
Jacksonville has a strong connection to our military. Not just because of Navy bases like NS Mayport and NAS Jacksonville, but because of all the men and women who become part of this community. We welcome them with open arms.